Model #917297032 Craftsman rear tine, gas tiller

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Craftsman 917297032 tiller leaking gas thru air filter


Thank you for your question on the gas pouring out of the carburetor when you turn the gas on.

If the tiller has not been used for some time, it sounds like some debris has gotten caught in the needle valve and will not shut with the float.

You will need to remove the carburetor bowl and clean the float needle valve and make sure that if operates smoothly.

Protect your hands from exposure to raw gasoline and dispose of all rags that fuel soaked in water. Spray some carburetor cleaner up in to the float needle valve hole to dislodge any debris.

If that does not correct the problem you will need to remove the carburetor from the tiller engine and do the repairs of the carburetor on the work bench.

I will give you an E-video that may give you some directions on cleaning a small engine carburetor.

Carburetor cleaning video .

I hope this will help you.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
May 16, 2012

Model #917297032 Tiller craftmans I cann't get it into gear it stays in nurtral WHY?


Thank you for your question. I am sorry you are having a problem with the Craftsman tiller model 917297032. On the side of the transmission case, near where the shifter goes in, you will notice a silver colored rod end. It will be flush or almost flush with the side of the transmission case. Take your 3-n-1 oil and cover the end of that shaft with the tiller tilted a good bit on it's side. Try working the shifter. You can even tap on that silver shaft end while working the shifter to see if you can pop it into gear that way. Usually once you get it back into a gear you can add grease to the transmission and be ok. I have also took a smallish hammer and pecked at the top of the shifter shaft where it goes into the transmission while working the shifter. Sometimes, they just do not come unstuck and the transmission will have to be repaired or replaced. If you do manage to get it unstuck, I would for sure recommend putting some grease in the transmission when done. Please let me know if you have any further questions. If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services . Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2013

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